The Opening workshop Digital Skills for the Digital Single Market will bring together stakeholders that can play a key role in helping to develop a digital skills action plan for Europe.

Digital technology is changing the way we work, live and learn. It may lead to the automation of "routine" tasks, to the creation of new and different types of jobs, and will most likely require enhanced digital skills for most jobs. Europe will reap the full benefits of the Digital Single Market of online commerce, services, communication and other forms of interaction only if it has a digitally skilled workforce and digitally empowered citizens.

At this stage, however, we witness important mismatches and gaps when it comes to digital skills in Europe, whether we look at the workforce or at consumers. Although the type and extent of this problem varies depending on the national context, all Member States are affected.

Experience gained through the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs shows that tackling the digital skills issue in Europe is beyond any particular stakeholder on its own. A coordinated and cohesive policy response to develop human capital is necessary, as well as commitment at the highest political level.

The workshop will bring together stakeholders from education, business and employment (e.g. national coalitions, companies, education providers, NGOs) that can play a key role in helping to develop a digital skills (basic, medium and professional) action plan for Europe. First, it will present the Commission's vision with regard to digital skills development in Europe and, through a panel discussion, explore the identified strands of action. Second, by means of the working session, it will try to come up with concrete actions and best practices that could be taken in consideration in the set-up and implementation of a digital skills strategy for Europe.

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  • 17/06/2015Opening workshop: Digital Skills for the Digital Single Market

  • Programme


    • 8:00 - 9:00 Registration & coffee

    • 09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and introduction "Digital skills as flanking measure of DSM: A federated digital skills strategy for Europe"

      Chair/Moderator, Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
    • 09:15 - 10:30 Panel discussion facilitated by the Chair/Moderator

      • Modernising education & teacher training: Benjamin Hertz, EUN Academy Coordinator, European Schoolnet (EUN);
      • Apprenticeships/Internships: Nigel Payne,¬†Project Director, International Business Development, Tech Partnership;
      • Training for the workforce: Olivier Roethig, Regional Secretary, UNI Europa;
      • ICT Professionals / anticipation of digital skills: Marta Izquierdo, Director of European Affairs, U-TAD;
      • Consumers/Citizens: Prof. Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics;

      Followed by question time and round-up by the Chair/Moderator

    • 10:30 - 10:45 "Matching national digital skills strategies with EU and funding"

      • Ieva Jaunzeme, State secretary of the Ministry of Welfare, Latvia
    • 10:45 - 12:00 Working session in 5 groups each covering one of the 5 specific areas of the panel session & presentation of results of each group

    • 12:00- 12:15 Announcements of new pledges and national coalitions for digital jobs

    • 12:15 - 12:30 Wrap-up and next steps by the Plenary Advocate and the Chair/Moderator

      • Plenary advocate (oral): Reinis Zitmanis, Latvian Digital Champion
      • Written Rapporteur: Giusy Cannella, Project Manager, DIGITALEUROPE - Secretariat of the Grand Coalition